At the ripe old age of thirty-five, Peter Howard is already jaded; nothing arouses him anymore. He was enslaved in a Turkish brothel until the age of eighteen, and it feels like he has done everything worth doing.
He lets himself get talked into playing cards with Lord James Beecham despite the fact that he doesn't like the man. When Beecham propositions him sexually he resists, but reluctantly lets himself be drawn in. Then Beecham springs the real question: Will Peter join him and his wife in a threesome? They've been intimate but they're more like friends than passionate lovers. Beecham prefers men, and now his wife, Abby, wants a child. Beecham starts to reveal himself as being a pretty decent guy, because he really wants to find a way to please his wife. He hopes Peter will be able to show them how to improve their intimacy with each other.
Abigail Beecham is a remarkable woman and a very likeable character. She's exceptionally understanding about James’ sexual preferences. James approaches her with the idea he proposed to Peter. He tells her he has met a man with experience in pleasuring both sexes, a man he hopes can teach them how to deal better with each other in bed.
I love straightforward characters, and Simply Sinful is filled with them. Just like she did in Simply Sexual, Kate Pearce employs refreshing honesty rather than relying on the tired ploys of scheming and lies found in some historical romances. This is how erotic historical romance should be written, and Ms. Pearce has solidified her position on my short list of favorite authors.
I loved seeing Abby's self-confidence blossom as she discovers her ability to arouse Peter. I also loved seeing Peter realize he’s both capable and worthy of love. This book is sizzling hot and perfectly provocative. Readers should be warned that this book contains explicit male-male sex, but it’s handled very tastefully. In fact, it’s really, really hot.
Simply Sinful has all the qualities I look for in a romance novel. I absolutely loved it.